It’s no secret that Carolina has had trouble keeping the quarterback clean, especially on the left side. The trade for Russell Okung definitely bolstered their left tackle spot, but there’s no guarantee he will stay healthy. It’s rumored that Greg Little will get a shot at guard this year, but Carolina could use another starting caliber tackle. There are a couple of tackles in the draft that the Panthers could look at to help anchor the offensive line for years to come.
Thomas has been our consensus number one tackle throughout the draft process, even after he started to slip on draft sites. He is an excellent run blocker and pass blocker, and is athletic enough to run Joe Brady’s offense. Thomas has the necessary power, foot speed and motor to be the left tackle of the future, which is something Carolina hasn’t had since Jordan Gross. While there are no indications that the Panthers want to draft a first round offensive tackle, things could change if other targets are gone and no one wants to trade up.
Power….This guy has it. Becton is a physically imposing player who has the power to move almost anyone out of his way. He has good foot speed and lateral mobility for his size, and projects as a starting left tackle at the next level. Becton has had issues keeping his weight under control, but he’s still the second best fit at tackle for Carolina.
With COVID-19 taking away most everything we enjoy as a society, the draft process was no different. Teams didn’t get private visits with potential draftees and the media didn’t get access to the information they do normally. It’s hard to determine who Carolina is interested in, with the exception of a few. With that said, Thursday is only a few days away….and we can’t wait to see who the Panthers bring in.